FRANK Water in Eastern Andhra Pradesh
What's The Challenge?
In the remote tribal areas of the Eastern Ghats, government departments are unable to supply basic water services. Local communities are forced to travel long distances to fetch water from unsafe water sources.
Without access to water, other activities are limited. For example, whilst coffee growing is a common source of income, without access to water, communities are unable to wash and process the beans, and therefore have to sell their produce at a lower rate.
What's FRANK Water doing about it?
With NGO partner VJNNS, FRANK Water will build 10 gravity-fed water systems over two years, providing safe, convenient water to 3000 people.
Using local knowledge and materials, these systems use gravity to reach even the most inaccessible locations. In each community, one stand-post is provided for every ten households, making water not only safe but convenient. Local water committees are elected to manage the systems in the long term, and empowered to engage in further development activities including sanitation.
Where we're up to
And there's more...
In 2016-17, we worked with a further three communities to build gravity fed water supply systems, directly supporting 579 people to access a safe water supply.
More than 500 people attended a health and hygiene workshop. Today, more than 70% of households practice good hygiene.
Women and girls used to spend up to 2 hours per day collecting unsafe water. There was never enough to allow them to bathe regularly and wash their clothes. Today, women have time to spend on income generating activities such as market gardening.
Older people and those with disabilities have a more equitable access to drinking water as well as water for washing and domestic use.
As a result of building the gravity fed water system, attending training and workshops together, the community is more unified. The villagers are now looking to further improve their lives and livelihoods and are acting together instead of in isolation.